Volkswagen's Jari-Matti Latvala has said he will be happy with a podium finish on Rally Argentina.
Latvala crashed out in Portugal last month
and is determined now not to make any more mistakes, especially as the gap to team-mate and championship rival, Sebastien Ogier is 29 points.
“I am looking forward to Argentina. I claimed my first podium for Volkswagen there last year. The rally suits my driving style, but is not easy for the drivers,” Latvala warned ahead of the fifth round in the 2014 World Rally Championship. “If you're not careful, you can hit a large stone as soon as you push yourself to the limit – particularly on the second loop. As such, you always have to give yourself a little breathing space, in order to be able to react quickly if necessary.
“Compared to last year, the majority of the special stages are unchanged. There are only minor alterations. Only 'Mina Clavero' on the final day will be driven in the opposite direction to last year. That is completely new to us, and will be a challenge.”
“I would be very happy with a podium finish,” he confirmed.
“We did not have the best of times in Portugal. The key now is not to make any more mistakes and perform as consistently as we did at the first three rallies of the year,” he underlined.
Volkswagen third driver, Andreas Mikkelsen meanwhile is also aiming for an error free run in his Polo R WRC.
“It feels good to travel to a rally that I already know very well from the previous two years. I was involved in a long running battle with Sebastien Ogier in a Skoda Fabia Super 2000 in 2012. Last year we pushed the car a bit too hard in the quest for fast times, but were still able to fight our way back into the points on the final day,” the Norwegian noted. “While individual results were not necessarily the priority in my first season in the Polo R WRC, I would like to improve this year.
“In terms of Argentina, that means completing the rally without any major incidents and finishing as near the top as possible.”